Jake Arrieta Accepts $20 Million Player Option to Stay with Philadelphia Phillies Next Season

Jake Arrieta isn’t leaving The Keystone State

The 33-year-old part-Puerto Rican Major League Baseball pitcher is staying with the Philadelphia Phillies, exercising a $20 million player option for 2020.

Jake Arrieta

A right-hander, Arrieta was 8-8 with a 4.64 ERA in 24 starts this year. He didn’t pitch after August 11 because of surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

Arrieta was the 2015 National League Cy Young Awardwinner with the Chicago Cubs. He made the MLB All-Starteam the following season and helped the Cubs win their first World Seriestitle since 1908. 

He left as a free agent after the 2017 season and signed a deal with the Phillies that will wind up paying $75 million over three seasons.

Arrieta was 10-11 with a 3.96 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia in 2018.

Jake Arrieta to Make Debut with the Philadelphia Phillies on April 8

Jake Arrieta is ready to Philly the pitching void…

The 32-year-old part-Puerto Rican Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher is set to make his debut with the Philadelphia Phillies next month.

Jake Arrieta

Arrieta is set to pitch before the home crowd in Philadelphia against the Miami Marlins on April 8, according tomanager Gabe Kapler announced Saturday.

Arrieta and the Phillies finalized a three-year, $75 million contract on March 12. He pitched his first spring training game for the Phillies on Thursday, striking out two, allowing three hits and walking none over two innings.

He previously played for the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs. He has won the Cy Young Award and has been selected an All-Star.

Arrieta helped lead the Cubs to a World Series championship in 2016.

Arrieta Agrees to Lucrative One-Year Deal with the Chicago Cubs

Jake Arrieta is staying in the Windy City…

The 30-year-old part-Puerto Rican baseball star and 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner have agreed to a one-year, $15.64 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, avoiding arbitration, according to ESPN.

Jake Arrieta

FanRag Sports first reported the agreement.

“It’s nice to get that done so we don’t have to exchange numbers,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said. “I’m glad we were able to come to terms. We’ll see if other conversations take place, great.”

The right-hander is eligible for free agency in 2018.

“There is certainly a chance he could be here beyond next year, but we don’t have any ongoing talks or anything specific scheduled,” Epstein said. “I’m sure it will come up at some point.”

Arrieta made $10.7 million through arbitration in 2016. He went 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA during the 2016 regular season and then helped the Cubs win their long-awaited World Series championship.

Arrieta Homers Against the San Francisco Giants to Help the Cubs Make MLB History

He may be an all-star pitcher, but Jake Arrieta has batted his way into the headlines.

The Chicago Cubs became the second team in history to have two pitchers hit home runs in a postseason series when Arrieta took San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner deep in the second inning of Monday night’s Game 3 of the National League Division Series.

Jake Arrieta

The 30-year-old part-Puerto Rican baseball star hit a 1-2 pitch out to left field for a three-run home run, two days after Cubs relief pitcher Travis Wood homered against the Giants in Game 2.

It’s the first time since the 1924 Giants that two pitchers from the same team have gone deep in a playoff series; 1924 also was the last time a relief pitcher hit a home run in the postseason.

“It was probably the best pitch I threw to (Arrieta) in the at-bat,” Bumgarner told the Chicago Tribune. “I was thinking about going to the breaking ball, but the way it looked to me, I didn’t see any need to. Sometimes you feel like you can help a guy out by slowing it down. But from what I saw, I felt like I was making the right pitch. He just made a good adjustment.”

Arrieta’s homer gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead, but the Giants battled back and eventually prevailed 6-5 in 13 innings in a game that lasted more than five hours. The San Francisco victory prevented a Cubs sweep.

Arrieta is the fourth Cubs pitcher to hit a home run in the playoffs, while Bumgarner gave up his first long ball to an opposing pitcher in his seven-plus major league seasons. It also ended Bumgarner’s 24-inning postseason scoreless streak and his separate streak of 24 shutout innings with the Giants facing postseason elimination.

It was Arrieta’s fifth career home run and third this season.

Arrieta Undresses for ESPN The Magazine’s “The Body Issue”

Jake Arrieta is baring it all

The 30-year-old part-Puerto Rican baseball star appears in only his birthday suit in ESPN The Magazine‘s eighth annual The Body Issue.

Jake Arrieta in ESPN The Magazine's The Body Issue

The Chicago Cubs ace dropped trou for photographer Marcus Eriksson for the special issue, in which the world’s top athletes take off all their clothes and pose for photographs that help celebrate the athletic form.

Arrieta, a Cy Young Award winner who has pitched two no-hitters, is considered one of the best pitchers in baseball, appears on the cover of this year’s Body Issue.

Jake Arrieta in ESPN The Magazine's The Body Issue

“The offseason is where I really put my body to the test. I try and push the boundary as far as I can while still getting a decent amount of recovery time,” says Arrieta of his workout regime. “The days where I really want to tax myself and replicate late-inning situations where your legs are heavy, I’ll do about an hour of cardio beforehand, usually on a StairMaster. So I can replicate situations late in games, late in the season, where that nervous energy is at a heightened point and you have to control your emotions knowing your body is not completely where you need it. That’s where the mental mindset comes in most.

Arrieta, who trains with Pilates in the offseason and in-season on a daily basis, believes his flexibility is his No. 1 asset.

Jake Arrieta in ESPN The Magazine's The Body Issue

Three years ago, the splits was something I told myself I was going to be able to do by the end of that offseason; it took me two years to actually do it,” says Arrieta. “Hamstring flexibility and hip mobility for me are the two most important factors on the field. Obviously we need to have a strong shoulder, strong scap, strong lats and a durable elbow to have longevity as a pitcher, but being durable and being mobile in the hips and flexible in the hamstrings take so much pressure and stress off of my arm. My flexibility is a huge asset.”

But Arrieta is also fit mentally, especially when he’s on the field.

“The way that you present yourself on the mound is so tremendously important. That was one of the biggest takeaways for me as a young kid from Nolan Ryan, from Roger Clemens, from Randy Johnson,” says Arrieta. “The look in their eyes that they had, whether they were a nice guy or not, they looked like they wanted to tear your head off when they took the mound. That’s the way I like to be. I expect to win, I expect to beat everybody I play. It’s kind of that quiet confidence that I have inside that I try to present to the opponent without getting too overboard. Because there are times when I seem composed but inside I’m losing my mind.”

Arrieta to Bare All in ESPN the Magazine’s annual The Body Issue

He may play for the Chicago Cubs, but that doesn’t mean Jake Arrieta isn’t afraid to show he’s also a Chicago Bare

ESPN has released the starting lineup for ESPN the Magazines annual The Body Issue, in which the world’s top athletes take off all their clothes and pose for photographs that help celebrate the athletic form.

Jake Arrieta

And the 30-year-old part-Puerto Rican baseball star, the MLB wins leader in 2015, has made the cut, along with UFC fighter Conor McGregor, U.S. women’s national soccer team member Christen Press, Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade.

Arrieta, who is following up his 2015 Cy Young Award-winning season with an impressive 2016 campaign, is a well-known fitness fanatic. He’s lauded the use of Pilates as part of his remarkable comeback story. He currently has an 11-1 record with a sparkling 1.74 ERA for the Cubs in 14 starts this season.

The Body issue will also feature the first transgender athlete to appear in its pages, American duathlete Chris Mosier. Retired diver Greg Louganis — at age 56 — is the issue’s oldest.

“HIV taught me that I’m a lot stronger than I ever believed I was,” Louganis said. “I didn’t think I would see 30, and here I am at 56.”

ESPN hasn’t released the full listyet, but has said the issue will include ten men and nine women.

Arrieta is the latest Latino athlete to be featured in ESPN the Magazine’s The Body Issue, including Major League Soccer star Omar Gonzalez, Miami Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton and futbolista Carlos Bocanegra.

Arrieta Wins Cy Young Award for Best Pitcher in the National League

Jake Arrieta is a pitching god…

The 29-year-old part-Puerto Rican professional baseball player and Chicago Cubs pitcher won the Cy Young Award for best pitcher in Major League Baseball for 2015, alongside the Houston AstrosDallas Keuchel.

Jake Arrieta

Arrieta handily beat runner-up Zack Greinke in the voting for the National League, while Keuchel received enough votes to squeak past second-place finisher David Price in the American League.

In the National League, Arrieta finished second in innings pitched with 229 and posted a 1.77 ERA, second to Greinke, whose ERA was 1.66. Arrieta had a solid first half of the season, but he caught fire down the stretch, helping the Cubs to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. In his last 15 starts, Arrieta posted a minuscule 0.75 ERA.

Keuchel, who has been with the Astros for four seasons, led the American League in innings pitched with 232 and finished with a second-best earned run average of 2.48. He struck out 216 batters — good for fifth in the league.

Here’s how the voting broke down, from the Baseball Writers Association of America.

American League

  1. Dallas Keuchel, 186 points (22 first-place votes)
  2. David Price, 143 points (8)
  3. Sonny Gray, 82 points (1 second-place vote)
  4. Chris Sale, 30 points (3 third-place votes)
  5. Chris Archer, 29 points (10 fourth-place votes)

National League

  1. Jake Arrieta, 169 points (17 first-place votes)
  2. Zack Greinke, 147 points (10)
  3. Clayton Kershaw, 101 points (3)
  4. Gerrit Cole, 40 points (2 third-place votes)
  5. Max Scherzer, 32 points (13 fourth-place votes)

 

Arrieta Logs a Career-High 11 Strikeouts to Help the Chicago Cubs Beat the Miami Marlins

It’s Lucky No. 11 for Jake Arrieta

The 28-year-old Latino-American professional baseball player, a Chicago Cubs right-hander, had a career-high 11 strikeouts in seven innings on Wednesday to beat the Miami Marlins 6-1.

Jake Arrieta

Arrieta (3-1) lowered his ERA to 1.98, and he has 55 strikeouts in 50 innings.

“I’m not doing anything different,” he said. “I’m just commanding everything down in the strike zone and trying to force early contact. Strikeouts are just a byproduct of throwing several plus pitches for strikes.”

Arrieta has become one of the few bright spots for the last-place Cubs, although they have been playing better lately. By taking the rubber game of the three-game set, they won consecutive road series for the first time since June 2013.

Chicago went 5-5 on a three-city swing.

“We had a nice trip,” manager Rick Renteria said. “That’s big. We’re playing some consistent baseball.”

Arrieta allowed five hits and one walk. He also doubled for his first career extra-base hit, but Renteria was more impressed with his pitching.

Arrieta has 27 strikeouts in 20 innings over his past three starts.

“I think he is commanding his fastball better, and his breaking ball is starting to get some bite and location,” Renteria said. “He’s got great stuff, and he’s very composed.”

The Marlins agreed.

“He was using his cutter in good spots and staying on the corners,” Stanton said. “He did a good job.”